Julian C. Chambliss is Professor of English with an appointment in History and the Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum at Michigan State University. In addition, he is a core participant in the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative. His research and teaching interests focus on race, community, and identity in real and imagined urban landscape in the United States. His articles have appeared in journals such as Rhetoric Review, Boston Review, Florida Historical Quarterly, Studies in American and the Journal of Urban History. An interdisciplinary scholar he has designed museum exhibitions and curated art exhibits that explore community, identity, and power in the American South. He is co-recipient of an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) & Research 1 University Mellon Foundation Collaborative Project grant for Digital Literacy and Collaborative Learning Workshop (2017) to develop faculty digital pedagogy and Digital Collaborative Diaspora Spaces Workshop (2014) to explore the creation of digital collaborative ventures to enhance undergraduate engagement with African Diaspora topics and texts. He is co-recipient of an ACS Mellon Foundation Faculty Renewal Grant for Project Mosaic: Zora Neale Hurston: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of African-American Culture (2010), a digital project exploring African-American experience and an ACS Faculty Advancement Grant for Urban Dreams and Urban Disruptions: Transforming Travel Study and Undergraduate Archival Research with Collaborative Interdisciplinary Digital Tools (2012). He is co-editor and contributor for Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, a collection examining the relationship between superheroes and the American Experience (2013). His forthcoming edited collection, Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain will be published in 2018. A public intellectual he has published opinion and commentary in forums such as the Frieze Magazine, Black Perspective: The Blog of the African American Intellectual History Society, Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio (NPR). He has been recognized for his community engagement work with a Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Faculty Award (2011) and the Rollins College Cornell Distinguished Service Award (2014-2015). He is the 2017 recipient of the Hampton Dunn Internet Award from Florida Historical Society for “new media” utilizing computerized production and distribution techniques to expand knowledge of Florida history for Advocate Recovered, a digital history project focused on recovering the contents of the Winter Park Advocate, an African-American newspaper published in Winter Park, Florida during the 1890s.


Ph.D.; United States History, University of Florida.  2004.

Other Publications


Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History edited by Walter Greason and Julian C. Chambliss (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2018).

Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Daniel Fandino (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2018)

Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Thomas C. Donaldson (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, September 2014), Paperback.

Book Chapters

Julian C. Chambliss and Michael Gunter, “Understanding Our Urban Environment Better,” in Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level edited by Walter Leal Filho and Paul Pace (Springer International Publishing, 2016).

“Archetype or Token?: The Challenge of the Black Panther,” in Marvel Comics into film: Essays on adaptations since the 1940s edited by Matthew McEniry, Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2016).

“War Machine: Blackness, Power, and Identity in Iron Man,” in The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times edited by Joseph J. Darowski (Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2015).
Martha S. Cheng and Julian C. Chambliss, “The 1909 Plan of Chicago as Representative Anecdote: Envisioning Citizenship at the Turn of the Century,” Rhetoric Review (April 2016).

Kathryn Tomasek, Julian Chambliss, and Lloyd Benson, “Local Collections and Liberal Education in History,” In Proceedings of the 2012 NITLE Symposium, ed. Rebecca Frost Davis and Lisa Spiro. <http://symposium.nitle.org/concurrent-sessions-tuesday-april-17-2012/session-2-d-panel/local-collections-and-liberal-education-in-history-tomasek-benson-chambliss/

Julian C. Chambliss and Denise K. Cummings, “Florida: The Mediated State,” The Florida Historical Quarterly Volume 90, No 3. (Winter 2012).

Superhero Comics: Artifacts of the U.S. Experience,” Juniata Voices Volume 12 (Fall 2012): 145-151.


The Florida Constitution Podcast

In 2018 we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the current Florida Constitution. This podcast series will look back at all the Constitutions in Florida, starting with the first Florida Constitution drafted in 1838.  These interviews were recorded at the 2018 annual meeting of the Florida Conference of Historians. The daylong sessions examined each of the Florida Constitutions and discussed how they addressed the concerns of their time. The sessions took place at the old Senate Chamber in the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee.


Every Tongue Got To Confess Podcast

“Every Tongue Got To Confess” is hosted by Professors of History Julian Chambliss (Rollins College) and Robert Cassanello (University of Central Florida). In the same spirit as Zora Neale Hurston – famous African American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist – this podcast explores the experiences and stories of communities of color.

All podcasts are brought to you by The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (the official sponsor of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities) as well the Department of History at Rollins College and its Africa and African American Studies Program.

Advocate Recovered

Advocate Recovered is a digital recovery project designed to bring the contents of the Winter Park Advocate, an African-American newspaper published in Winter Park, Florida back to public view.


American Historical Association

Urban History Association

Society for American City and Regional Planning History

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